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Reception History, Tradition and Biblical Interpretation (Library Of Hebrew Bible/old Testament Studies Series)

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This study seeks to make a contribution to current debates about the nature of Wirkungsgeschichte or reception history and its place in contemporary Biblical Studies. The author addresses three crucial questions: the relationship between reception history and historical-critical exegesis; the...


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This study seeks to make a contribution to current debates about the nature of Wirkungsgeschichte or reception history and its place in contemporary Biblical Studies. The author addresses three crucial questions: the relationship between reception history and historical-critical exegesis; the form of reception history itself, with a focus on the issue of which acts of reception are selected and valorized; and the role of tradition, pre-judgements and theology in relation to reception history. Disagreements about these matters contribute to what many characterise as the fragmentation of the discipline of biblical studies.

The study champions the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer as a theoretical resource for understanding biblical interpretation, and a way of holding together with integrity the varied activities undertaken within the discipline. Gadamer offers a discourse that encompasses text and reader, their respective historical and cultural contingencies, and the traditions of interpretation that lie between them - all the elements at stake in the interpretation of biblical texts. The author reveals significant dimensions of the theory of Gadamer and Jauss neglected in contemporary discussion.
Each aspect of the argument is illustrated, tested and further explored with reference to the post-history of exhortations in the New Testament to 'be subject'. These have been widely cited and applied for 2,000 years - in literature, law and politics as well as in theological traditions. In this way the study makes a contribution not just to the theory but also the practice of reception history.

This study seeks to make a contribution to current debates about the nature of <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Wirkungsgeschichte</i> or reception history and its place in contemporary Biblical Studies. The author addresses three crucial questions: the relationship between reception history and historical-critical exegesis; the form of reception history itself, with a focus on the issue of which acts of reception are selected and valorized; and the role of tradition, pre-judgements and theology in relation to reception history. Disagreements about these matters contribute to what many characterise as the fragmentation of the discipline of biblical studies. The study champions the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer as a theoretical resource for understanding biblical interpretation, and a way of holding together with integrity the varied activities undertaken within the discipline. Gadamer offers a discourse that encompasses text and reader, their respective historical and cultural contingencies, and the traditions of interpretation that lie between them - all the elements at stake in the interpretation of biblical texts. The author reveals significant dimensions of the theory of Gadamer and Jauss neglected in contemporary discussion. Each aspect of the argument is illustrated, tested and further explored with reference to the post-history of exhortations in the New Testament to 'be subject'. These have been widely cited and applied for 2,000 years - in literature, law and politics as well as in theological traditions. In this way the study makes a contribution not just to the theory but also the practice of reception history.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 407403
  • Product Code 9780567655400
  • ISBN 0567655407
  • EAN 9780567655400
  • Pages 272
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher T&t Clark
  • Publication Date Jul 2014
  • Dimensions 234 x 156 x 43mm
  • Weight 0.454kg

Robert Evans

Robert Evans is Senior Lecturer in New Testament Theology and Senior University Teaching Fellow at the University of Chester, UK. His earlier studies were in English Literature and Anglo-Saxon. He is biblical studies consultant for the British Sign Language Bible Translation Project. He is author of Judge for Yourselves: Reading 1 Corinthians.

  • Contents 1. Introduction: Impulses And Parameters Of This Study 2. Reception History And Historical-critical Exegesis 3. The Case Study And Historical-critical Tools: Genre And The Erwartungshorizont 4. The Case Study And Historical-critical Tools: Lexis And The Erwartungshorizont 5. The Case Study And Historical-critical Tools: Socio-historical Setting And The Erwartungshorizont 6. Reception History And The Progressive Process 7. The Case Study: Contours Of A Tradition In The Church 8. The Case-study: Contours Of A Tradition In Literature 9. Reception History And Theological Hermeneutics 10. The Case Study And Theological Hermeneutics 11. Conclusion Bibliography Index

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